Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade

Matthew Wade insists Australia are still in contention to win the third Test against South Africa, despite a disastrous second day in Perth.

The 24-year-old wicketkeeper top scored for the home side with 68, but a first-innings total of 163 handed the Proteas a 62-run lead which they extended to a formidable 292 by reaching 2-230 at stumps at the WACA Ground.

"We definitely don't feel like the series is slipping away," he said.

"We've probably played seven days of really good cricket and outplayed them for seven days and now we've had a couple of bad sessions in a row.

"We're lucky that it's day two and if all goes well tomorrow, we'll be batting at some stage and then chasing a total on day four which is probably going to be the best day to bat.

"It would be easy to look at the negatives today, but I think we've got to look forward and realise we're going to be chasing a reasonably large total but on a really good wicket and they've only got their three quicks going up as well."

Wade was also reluctant to be overly critical of his side's bowling attack despite their abject performance in the final session of the day when Graeme Smith (84) and Hashim Amla (99 not out) compiled the third-fastest 150 stand in Test history.

"They got the nicks and we didn't get the nicks," he said.

"Cricket is sometimes as simple as that.

"I don't think our bowlers bowled that poorly in the first few overs today, they came at us hard and our bowlers now have to respond tomorrow.

"They're two really good players (Smith and Amla) and I thought they came out and counterattacked really well, they were almost going at a one-day pace there for a while, walking across their stumps and really took it up to our bowlers.

"They got lucky at times, but fortune favours the brave when you go out there and play like that.

"It was a combination of us not bowling to the best of our abilities and them really coming at us and attacking us.

"Their bowlers took wickets and we didn't and that's basically the difference.

"Now it's about how we respond tomorrow, we've got to come out and have a real crack."

On the subject of his own pugnacious innings, meanwhile, Wade admitted he was disappointed to have been dismissed sweeping at Robin Peterson, but clearly felt he had made a point following his indifferent display in the last Test in Adelaide.

"I thought me and Hasto (John Hastings) worked pretty hard to get to the situation that we were in," he said.

"We were hoping to get to that 225, but my shot wasn't on at the time and it was disappointing to leave Hasto out there where he was, as he was seeing the ball pretty nicely as well.

"I didn't feel any pressure other than the pressure I put on myself to play better than I did in Adelaide.

"I knew I didn't have the Test match I wanted to have there with the gloves or with the bat, but there was certainly no external pressure from anyone else that I felt anyway.

"I was disappointed with my performance in Adelaide and I wanted to come here and make a difference in the first couple of days and there's three days left, so hopefully I can contribute again."


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